People Share The Biggest Historical Scandals That Should Never Be Forgotten.
Yesterday's news does not always get its due. Here are some of the biggest scandals from history that people should never forget about.
Many thanks to the Redditors who responded. You can check out more answers from the source at the end of this article.
1. The World Cup is still being held in Qatar in 2022 despite the fact that they are essentially using slavery for construction.
2. Nancy Grace kept her job with CNN after harassing a guest to the point of suicide. She settled the lawsuit out of court with a disclaimer saying it wasn't "intentional."
3. The kids-for-cash scandal, where two judges were found to be taking money from for-profit jails to arrest children for minor offences such as insulting a school principal on social media.
4. Sheila Dixon had the guts to steal from the city of Baltimore and lose her mayoral position. Now is running again for mayor and may win! Fool me once...
5. The misplacing of Daniel Chong.
In 2012 a student house in San Diego, California was raided by DEA agents. Daniel Chong's party mates were processed by the DEA, whereas Daniel Chong was going to be ejected back out onto the street without charge because he was "in the wrong place at the wrong time." Instead of being ejected, the agents forgot to note his presence in a DEA holding cell.
Daniel Chong spent 5 days in this windowless, unlit cell with his hands handcuffed and without access to a toilet, food, or water. He had to drink his own urine to survive. Eventually he tried to commit suicide by shattering his glasses, then cutting his wrists with the glass shards and trying to swallow the glass shards.
You might ask, why didn't someone process him? No one cared. Why didn't anyone help him out of his cell? Well, funny story. He heard people walking by his windowless cell. He called out to them. They just ignored his cries. For five days. While he was dying of thirst.
When he was discovered existing in the DEA facility... 5 days later... he was hospitalized. He eventually returned to his engineering program at UCSD. Six DEA agents were censured by various state authorities and suffered 5 to 7 days of unpaid suspension.
6. Dennis Hastert, then Speak of the House of Representatives, earmarked a ton of money to build a highway through land he owned. His land had been valued at $250 to 500k beforehand, and he sold it for $4.9 million. Politicians should go to jail for years for stuff like this, but instead he's getting 6 months for being a pedophile before he was a politician.
7. Bernard Law, the Boston cardinal who knowingly obstructed justice in hundreds, perhaps thousands of child abuse cases by relocating scores of pedophile priests, was sheltered by the Catholic Church starting in 2003, and to this day lives in luxury in a Renaissance era palazzo in Rome.
8. Westminster Child Sex Abuse Scandal.
Bless the few who are still fighting in the Media for the story to be blown open. There's one woman, I can't remember her name but I think she's the MP for Rotherham, who's still fighting for the cause.
9. The CIA's admission that they torture, and a second admission that torture has never provided them with any information that helped protect the country.
It blew up in the news until Sony was hacked. Everyone remember that? And the movie "The Interview" was leaked and it became the biggest thing in the news because it was silly and fun? Yea, completely shut down any reporting of the CIA scandal. I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but...
10. The nestle milk one: they gave free samples of powdered milk to new mothers in third world countries claiming that it was better than breast milk, but the free samples lasted just long enough for the mother to stop producing her own milk.
11. The General Motors streetcar conspiracy. A deliberate plot by major corporations to purchase and dismantle public transportation systems in many cities in the United States to ensure the sale of oil, rubber, and cars.
12. The Jean Charles de Menezes scandal. Police got away scot-free with shooting a completely innocent man (that they suspected had aided in the 7/7 bombings) dead despite having had ample evidence to prove his innocence beforehand, then when it was found out that he was innocent, made up stories about how he was smuggling cocaine and his visa had expired which made him act suspiciously around the police and leap over ticket barriers, when in fact none of those stories were true and they had concealed CCTV evidence which proved those stories weren't true.
13. Leland Yee of California, award winning gun control advocate, was recently sentenced to 5 years in prison for being the middle man in a scheme to transfer rocket launchers and machine guns between Filipino Muslim terrorists and Chinese mobsters. When the news broke that he was arrested, most people in California never found out (which might be why he still got 300,000 votes for state secretary).
14. Pics of Anjem Choudary drinking.
15. The 363 tons of U.S. currency $12 Bn sent to Iraq in 2003, that "disappeared".
16. LIBOR. It's probably still going on and you're all paying higher interest rates on your mortgages and credit cards because of it.
17. The UNC paper class scandal. The NCAA investigated it for years. But when it came out finally, nothing ended up happening and I still haven't heard anything about it since then.
The scandal was basically student athletes being signed up for fake classes where they got good grades for doing nothing. This was allowed by the university to keep the players eligible for the NCAA. This really shouldn't have been swept under the rug and it's actually pretty much criminal, not just against NCAA rules.
18. Acclaimed film director Roman Polanski drugged and sexually assaulted a child, then fled the country to avoid prison.
138 members of the film industry, including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, David Lynch, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, signed a petition saying he shouldn't be arrested.
19. The Iran-Contra scandal and more broadly the support of death squads in Central America.
How Reagan came away without his reputation completely ruined a la Nixon is beyond me. They were selling weapons to a hostile country to then deliver briefcases of cash to right wing militias in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras. These militias were indiscriminately wiping out villages and in all likelihood became key players in the pipeline of the cocaine trade. It was nothing more than a poorly thought out proxy war with the Soviet Union that completely destabilized that region for decades afterwards and went on completely behind the backs of Congress and the American public.
Not only was no one really punished for this (Ollie North was immediately pardoned) but one of the key men in the scandal, James Steele, went on to do much the same thing in Iraq after the US invasion with his support of sectarian 'police squads'. It is not hyperbole to say that the legacy of this scandal and the policies it created played a part in the creation of Isis and yet half the country worships Reagan.
20. The United States 1876 Presidential Election.
Samuel J. Tilden (D-NY) decisively won the popular and electoral college votes and yet he never became president. In fact, it is the only presidential election in US history where someone received over 50% of the popular vote and still lost. Also noteworthy, it was also the presidential election with the highest turnout with 81.8% of eligible voters voting. Despite this record making expression of the people's voices, Republicans still took the White House.
There was some shady stuff with the electoral college and 20 votes (precisely the amount of votes separating Tilden and Hayes, +1) were up in the air for various reasons.
The Democrats were willing to throw the election to Hayes and give him all of the disputed electoral college votes in exchange for the withdrawal of Federal troops from Reconstruction era South.
This effectively ended the decade or so of progress that had happened in the South since the end of the Civil War and ushered in what would be known as the Jim Crow Era.
Hayes won by 1 vote in the electoral college. For reference, George W. Bush won by 5 in 2000.
21. The Gunwalking Scandal (from Wikipedia):
"Gunwalking", or "letting guns walk", was a tactic of the Arizona Field Office of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which ran a series of sting operations between 2006 and 2011 in the Tucson and Phoenix area where the ATF "purposely allowed licensed firearms dealers to sell weapons to illegal straw buyers, hoping to track the guns to Mexican drug cartel leaders and arrest them." These operations were done under the umbrella of Project Gunrunner, a project intended to stem the flow of firearms into Mexico by interdicting straw purchasers and gun traffickers within the United States. The Jacob Chambers Case began in October 2009 and eventually became known in February 2010 as "Operation Fast and Furious" after agents discovered Chambers and the other suspects under investigation belonged to a car club.
The stated goal of allowing these purchases was to continue to track the firearms as they were transferred to higher-level traffickers and key figures in Mexican cartels, with the expectation that this would lead to their arrests and the dismantling of the cartels. The tactic was questioned during the operations by a number of people, including ATF field agents and cooperating licensed gun dealers. During Operation Fast and Furious, the largest "gunwalking" probe, the ATF monitored the sale of about 2,000 firearms, of which only 710 were recovered as of February 2012. A number of straw purchasers have been arrested and indicted; however, as of October 2011, none of the targeted high-level cartel figures had been arrested."
22. The Tuskegee syphilis experiment. Essentially the US Public Health Service was interested in observing the progression of untreated syphillis, so in 1932 they recruited 600 black men into a study. About half of these men had syphilis, but none of the men infected were ever told they had the disease, and none were treated with penicillin even after the antibiotic became available in 1942. This lasted until 1972.
The fact that none of these men were ever told they had syphilis meant they passed it on to their wives and some even their children (19) and hundreds died because they weren't treated.
Truly a disgusting part of american history.
23. During World War II, the U.S. government conducted experiments with mustard gas and other chemicals on thousands of American troops. An NPR investigation has found that some military experiments singled out African-American, Japanese-American and Puerto Rican servicemen by race.
24. The Armenian genocide. Sure, the holocaust was a tragic waste of human life but the German government has officially apologised and tried to make amends. The Turkish government to this day wants us all to believe that the systematic depopulation and starvation of Armenian people's was a 'migration issue'.
25. Even though this might not be known that well, a woman called Lucia de Berk has been in jail for six and a half years because she was thought to be a serial murderer. She has been released as she was found unguilty after those years. She only got 45,000 (About $50205) from the people that got her in jail but will most likely never be able to get a job again, and she has just lost 6 and a half years of her life.
Whoops. That snip was just a hair too far....
Your first bad haircut probably made you want to die a little when you looked in the mirror. Imagine how the person cutting your hair must have felt. Although, maybe they didn't care at all, as evidenced by the bs excuse they gave you when you finished in the barber chair.